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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

There she goes...

After two years of writing, unwriting, rewriting, revising, tinkering, tweaking, Millicent McTeer's manuscript has flown away to Publisher. Editing on The Winged Child, I've been informed, begins this week. While I await Editor's opening salvo, I have a few free days to bake bread, clean floors, do some winter garden chores, maybe even write a poem.

At this point, it is no longer my novel, is at the mercy of strangers, subject to who knows what manner and degree of editorial predations. After editing and publication, Readers will re-write it in their heads. People will describe the book to me and I won't recognize it.

I'm sorry, Millicent. I couldn't help myself.

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